In Memoriam|

Carlos Marin (from the Il Divo website) Il Divo’s Carlos Marin has died aged 53, the classical group has announced. Marin would be “missed by his friends, family and fans”, a statement on social media said. “There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.”

The group had said they were praying for Marin’s recovery after he was admitted to hospital this month [suffering from COVID] leading them to postpone a UK Christmas tour.

The male quartet was brought together by Simon Cowell in 2003 and achieved three UK number one albums.

Marin was born in Germany, but moved to Spain at the age of 12 and was a baritone in the group, performing alongside tenors Urs Buhler and David Miller, and pop singer Sebastien Izambard.

“Singing is my way of saying what I feel, my way of life,” he is quoted as saying on the group’s website.

“Singing is what makes me feel alive, so thank you for letting me continue making a living from what I love.”

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported Marin had been taken ill during the UK tour and placed into an induced coma at a hospital in Manchester. The nature of his illness has not been disclosed.

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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

If you want to know more about any of the musicians we lost this past week, please check out http://www.wikipedia.com

December 2021
22: Robin Le Mesurier, 68, British guitarist, cancer.

21: George Alexander Albrecht, 86, German conductor and composer; *Anthony Williams, 90, Trinidadian steelpan musician and designer.


20: Luboš Andršt, 73, Czech guitarist (Framus Five, Energit, Jazz Q) and composer; Paul Mitchell, American R&B singer (The Floaters).

19: *Ron Anderson, 75, American vocal coach (Axl Rose, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne); Billy Conway, 65, American drummer (Morphine, Treat Her Right), cancer; Carlos Marín, 53, German-born Spanish singer (Il Divo), COVID-19; Elio Roca, 78, Argentine singer and actor (Vamos a soñar por el amor, Contigo y aquí, Love in Flight), heart failure.


18: *Drakeo the Ruler, 28, American rapper, stabbed; Enzo Gusman, 74, Maltese singer; Kangol Kid, 55, American rapper and songwriter (UTFO), colon cancer; Renée Martel, 74, Canadian singer, pneumonia; Gloria Montes, 96, Argentine actress and singer.


17: Jemal Chkuaseli, 86, Georgian singer and choreographer, People’s Artist (1990); Vicente Feliú, 74, Cuban singer, heart attack; Tam Harvey, Scottish folk guitarist (The Humblebums); John Morgan, 80, English drummer (The Wurzels), COVID-19; Weerasak Sunthornsri, 71, Thai musician (Caravan); Lindsay Tebbutt, Australian rock drummer and songwriter (The Choirboys), mesothelioma.

16: Pavle Dešpalj, 87, Croatian composer and conductor; *Hub, 62, American bass guitarist (The Roots), multiple myeloma; Robie Porter, 80, Australian musician and record producer; Bogalay Tint Aung, 99, Burmese film director (Nge Kywan Swe) and composer; Terry Uttley, 70, British bass guitarist (Smokie).


15: Flow La Movie, 38, Puerto Rican music producer (Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Nio Garcia), plane crash; Francisco Kröpfl, 90, Argentine composer and music theorist; Ian Worang, 47, Canadian musician (Uncut); *Wanda Young, 78, American singer (The Marvelettes).


14: Phil Chen, 75, Jamaican bassist (Manzarek–Krieger, Butts Band, Rod Stewart), cancer; Ken Kragen, 85, American music manager and producer (“We Are the World”), founder of Hands Across America.


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